18 June 2019
Did you know that art in public health spaces help create culturally welcoming, and healing environments?
Many Health Infrastructure projects develop Arts in Health programs that reflect the unique cultural attributes of their communities to create engaging and enlivened health settings.
Engaging local Aboriginal young people from La Perouse Youth Haven, lead Aboriginal archaeologist and La Perouse Aboriginal Elder, Uncle David Ingrey and the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council have collaborated with the Randwick Campus Redevelopment to deliver a unique cultural artwork.
Through a traditional stone carving workshop with a technique used by Aboriginal people to tell stories for thousands of years, the group has carved ‘Buriburi’ - a large-scale humpback whale artwork.
Infusing art, history and storytelling into the new precinct, the artwork will be placed in the garden of the new Acute Services Building. The garden will be a striking, inclusive and welcoming space, and encourage visitors to engage with the Aboriginal cultural heritage of the site.
Connecting young people with their Aboriginal cultural heritage, the ‘Buriburi’ art project has ensured these valuable skills can be passed on for generations to come.
What a great example of how the Randwick Campus Redevelopment will embed a broader recognition of Aboriginal culture and its contribution to art and healing in the design of health services at Randwick.
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